Girls State Tennis: Marian Catholic’s Gaby Rosales, De La Salle’s Khalia Powell reach Round of 16
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 7:54PM
Gaby Rosales, of Marian Catholic
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:32AM
Marian Catholic’s Gaby Rosales wasn’t nervous.
She was cold.
She said Thursday’s temperature — which was in the 40s — during the Girls Tennis State Tournament represented some of the coldest conditions in which she’s ever played.
Still, Rosales was absolutely scalding on the court once she got rolling as she won three matches by a combined score of 36-2 and is one of 16 players left in the singles championship round.
“It was really tough out there — I was freezing,” Rosales, a 5-8 seed, said. “I had hand warmers in my pocket. Once I was warmed up it was easier to play. It was a little hard to concentrate. But it might have helped because I wasn’t thinking about my nerves. I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, it’s so cold’ and then I would get a point.”
Rosales, who finished sixth in the state in 2012, will meet Kayleigh Thurwalker, of Belleville West, on Friday in the fourth round. The winner will advance to meet either top-seeded Alex Chatt, of Lyons, or Michelle Linden, of Barrington, in the quarterfinals.
De La Salle’s Khaila Powell, who was not even seeded in the top 32 and finished fourth in sectional play, was a surprise three-match winner. She knocked off Haleigh Porter, of Homewood-Flossmoor, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round. Powell takes on 3-4 seed Elizabeth Zordani, of Lake Forest, in the fourth round.
In the team standings, H-F is tied for fifth place with 16 points. The Vikings doubles team of Timara Maxwell and Sophia Osabuohein went 3-0 on the day and will face seventh-seeded Nicole Berkman and Janinie Cooper, of Highland Park, in Round 4.
Providence twin sisters Maggie and Kelly Ruane won two matches before falling into the consolation bracket after a third-round loss.
Dropping second-round matches were singles players Haley Wilcox, of Tinley Park; and Hannah Davis, of Providence, and the doubles teams of Lincoln-Way North’s Sam Pietruszynski and Meg Witt; Sandburg’s Priya Sharma and Allia Abnaim; Lockport’s Hailey Bruining and Britney Kupiec; and Homewood-Flossmoor’s Brittany Henry and Kaela Mack.
Lincoln-Way East’s Hope Ritter had a tough first-round exit. She lost to Mendon Unity’s Nikita Berger 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Just three of the tournament’s 64 first-round singles matches went three sets.